Lebanese parliament extends term until 2017

November 5, 2014 9:17 AM

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Lebanese parliament extends term until 2017

Beirut: Wily politicians shed crocodile tears as they cast a fast vote to repeat their 2013 feat for the second time in as many years. On Wednesday morning, Lebanese representatives last elected in 2009 extended their terms in office by two years and 7 months, or until June 20, 2017. A total of 95 deputies out of 128 voted for the extension. Two key Christian constituents, Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) and Amin Gemayel’s Phalange Party, were the holdouts. The FPM boycotted the session while the Phalange attended but voted against the extension. Sulaiman Franjieh’s Marada Movement representatives voted for but the two Armenian Tashnag Party deputies cast negative votes.

Eerily similar to the May 31, 2013 extension, when 97 “legislators”—who seldom legislated—voted in favor of a first 17-months extension in a session that then lasted 10 minutes, parliamentarians felt no compunction to re-appoint themselves to office. On June 20, 2017, and bearing unforeseen circumst...

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